FITSAT-1 (LED Satellite) over Denver tonight (Dec 17)

Here is something that would be fun to either watch for or listen for.

FITSAT-1 is a 10cm x10cm x10cm cubesat that was developed and built by students at a Japanese university. It was sent to the ISS and recently deployed.

One panel is loaded with LEDs. The LEDs are periodically turned on to flash a message in Morse Code. Even if you don’t know code, it would be fun to try and acquire the bird with the naked eye.

W.E. ACEVES II, Lt Col, CAP
Commander, Group 1
Asst AEO, Group 1

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This link (www.fit.ac.jp/~tanaka/fitsat.shtml) says: 18 Dec. 05:28:30 – 05:32:30 (UTC) Central-South USA (Morse, Green)

That will be around 22:27 on Dec 17 in Denver.

Update: This site has details and tracking information: www.n2yo.com/passes/?s=38853

You will need to click on the button to “Show all passes” and then the Details button for the entry of 12/17 22:22. Don’t worry about it being ‘eclipsed’ since you will be viewing the satellite’s LEDs and not the reflection of the sun off of the satellite. FITSAT-1 will pass from the NW to the SE and pass almost directly overhead.

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